Lester gives strong performance as Cubs beat Mets

Lester to start Game 1 of NLDS for Cubs

Jon Lester returned to late spring form while Anthony Rizzo clubbed his 22nd home run of the season as Chicago beat New York.

Lester (10-4) picked up his first victory since June 18 with an efficient 7 2/3-inning outing to open the three-game Wrigley Field series.

Cubs closer Hector Rondon faced one batter in the ninth to earn his 16th save as Travis d’Arnaud grounded into a game-ending double play.